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Dear PoP – Should Police Be Giving Jaywalking Tickets or Focus on more Serious Crimes?

by Prince Of Petworth July 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm 111 Comments

“Dear PoP,

Given recent discussions about crime, police, city life, etc. I was particularly impressed by the use of police resources I observed yesterday around 5:45 pm at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and K Street. There were two DC cops standing in the median ready to ticket jaywalkers. A picture is attached. Is jaywalking really that big of a problem?”

While I think two police officers might be excessive, I actually don’t have a problem with one officer giving jaywalking tickets. This intersection can actually be rather dangerous and pedestrians do occasionally get hit and injured by cars (sometimes car at fault, sometimes pedestrian at fault.) Even though I admit I jaywalk from time to time and would be pissed if I got a ticket – in this case I think the officers are doing the right thing. If there was serious violent crime taking place in this police district I might feel differently.

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